Five years ago today I vividly remember walking down the long aisle of the church, gripping tightly to my Dads arm to steady me, my nerves and my heels!
My hands were quivering so much, my delicately beautiful, trailing orchid bouquet was shaking from side to side!
I remember as Pachobels Canon in D started playing, all the pews fell silent and guests turned to face me, some eyes glistening with tears.
I remember my future husband standing with his back to me, only turning to face me as I drew up alongside him.
I loved my wedding day. It was just perfect. Not because I had the perfect dress, the perfect venue, or the perfect weather; but because I married the perfect man.
The day wasn’t overly sumptuous or glitzy, pretentious or glam; it was spent with love and laughter (and wine!!) with close friends and family.
Our first dance song choice wasn’t the typical ‘lovey-dovey’ number either. It had taken hours of trawling through the internet until we finally chose, “I wanna grow old with you” by Adam Sandler from the rom-com ‘The Wedding Singer’. The words pretty much summed us up.
And ok…… So we were all perhaps a little too merry by the end of the evening, (all continuing on in the nearby hotel) but both us and our guests had a fabulous time, with stories regaled time and time again.
Our honeymoon was spent in the idyllic Maldives, but, this I will save for another post!! Here’s just a quick sneak peek:
We’ve actually been together for ten years now, although only married for the last five. But you know the feeling when you believe it was just meant to be?
We actually met in the summer of 2002 whilst I was working my first season abroad for a sailing and water sports company. See my post – Sunsail – Where our story began 🙂
I worked on reception, and he worked behind the bar.
We got talking; as you do, and that was that! History!
It turned out that of all the places in the UK, or indeed the entire world; he lived in the village just ten miles outside of my home town!
You see! Meant to be!
So it worked out perfectly. We started dating that season, and probably partly because location was on our side, with no long distance relationship dilemmas, we’ve stayed together ever since!
Ok so we’ve had our fair share of ups and downs, though I must say, the ‘ups’ take about 90% share!
We laugh continuously, don’t take ourselves too seriously, and never go to bed on an argument. We’re also both very good at saying “sorry” and admitting when we’re out of turn or in the wrong.
We’ve hopefully got lots more wonderful years yet to come, but in the mean time – I’m a very lucky girl to be spending life together with my best friend.
It’s lovely, as our group of friends look upon us as the ‘ideal couple’ almost.
So the traditional gift for a fifth wedding anniversary is wood. Now Mikey and I never really do elaborate gifts, actually gifts in general for that matter!! All my friends get the typical Tiffany necklaces, Pandora bracelets or Michael Kors bags and I’m pretty lucky if I receive a card. But no worries – I love him unconditionally none the less (OK – so all of the above would be gratefully accepted!!).
So I think I’ve come up with the perfect idea as a pressie for the both of us. Not expensive, not elaborate, but meaningful and lasting. A flowering cherry tree for our garden.
What do you think??